14 Halloween Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Planning a Fun Halloween for Seniors with Dementia

Halloween can be a fun holiday for everyone, including people with dementia either living at home or in memory care at a community. One thing to keep in mind as you plan Halloween activities for people with dementia is that changes or sudden disruptions to their routines can be disturbing. So here are some tips and enjoyable ways to have a spooktacular time together.

 

Make a trick-or-treat plan.

Having doorbells ring at night or while your loved one is settling into bed can be upsetting to them. Here are some things you can do to still participate in the neighborhood fun.

  • Have your loved one decorate treat bags with stickers, markers or ink stamps, then sort candy into them.
  • Set the treat bags or a bowl of candy outside the door with instructions not to knock or ring the bell.
  • Sit outside to greet trick-or-treaters in person.

 

Keep the decorations fun.

People with dementia have been known to wander in response to Halloween decorations that talk or scream, and flashing lights or scary decor can be very disturbing.

 

Make no-carve pumpkins.

No sharp knives, no messy pumpkin insides to deal with. You can find plenty of no-carve ideas online, like this one using just foam, glue and googly eyes. Here’s one that uses glow-in-the-dark paint. And here’s one that gives Halloween pumpkins some sparkle.

 

Be sure crafts are simple.

Halloween activities like crafting can be a fun way to engage your loved one. Choose crafts with simple steps and supplies that are easy for your loved one to use. Explain one step at a time, and have patience as you go. Try some of these easy crafts:  

 

Spend time together.

Here are some easy dementia activities you can do together this Halloween:

  • Get a Halloween coloring book and color together.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch and pick out pumpkins.
  • Make apple cider together.
  • Decorate Halloween cookies.

Each day at Freedom Square of Seminole, we take it as our mission to enrich the lives of our residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia by creating success stories and celebrating the abilities that remain. Learn more about our memory care services.